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IHSA – Western team

IHSA – Western teamThe College of Central Florida western equestrian team began competing in the fall of 2009 through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. IHSA provides collegiate riders of all skills the opportunity to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition. 

The CF western team contains members of all experience levels, from beginners to advanced riders.  There are seven classes that make up an IHSA western show. Those classes are Beginner Western Horsemanship, Intermediate Western Horsemanship I, Intermediate Western Horsemanship II, Novice Western Horsemanship, Advanced Western Horsemanship, Open Western Horsemanship, Open Reining Pattern. In horsemanship classes, only the rider is being judged, therefore no penalty is assessed because of the horse's conformation, color or IHSA – Western teamway of going.

In Intercollegiate competitions students do not need to own their own horse or tack. The horses are provided by the host school. Upon arriving to the show students are randomly assigned a horse. With no warm up time riders essentially arrive at the show with their show clothing and compete on horses they have never seen before.


Courtney Lane
Courtney Laney at Regional Semi-Finals

The CF Western Team

The 2010-2011 CF Western team had a successful season, qualifying three riders for the regional finals. Congratulations to Captain Katie Bigge, Alix Mitchell and Marvin Davila. Best of luck to Katie as she continues her education at William Woods University.

2012-2013 Results

The CF Western Team had a very successful season, finishing the year as reserve high point team.  Courtney Laney was named the region’s AQHA Cup Winner, earning an automatic trip to Nationals.  Courtney and Lexi Russell both traveled to California for the Semi-Finals.  Lexi placed 9th in Intermediate Horsemanship.  Courtney placed 4th in Reining and 6th in Open Horsemanship.  At Nationals in Harrisburg, Courtney placed 10th in Reining and 14th in the AQHA Cup out of 26 competitors.  Thanks go out to Betsy Wees Gamberino who coached the team to these accomplishments.

Lexi Russel
Lexi Russell at Regional Semi-Finals



Contact Coach Gamberino at weesb@cf.edu for more information.

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